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April 8, 2008, Volume 54, No. 28

To the University Community:

The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) periodically prepares reports to inform the University community about the character and extent of the work of the Disciplinary System, including the nature of violations of University rules and regulations and the sanctions imposed. These reports are made, in part, to provide an accurate and informative picture of the kinds of misconduct which are brought to the attention of our office and the variety of ways in which these matters are resolved. At the same time, we are mindful of our obligation under the Charter of the Student Disciplinary System to protect the confidentiality of individual students. 

You will note a general decrease in the number of mediated cases. We find that even in situations where mediation would be appropriate and use of this alternative is encouraged, most students are unwilling to participate in it and prefer that a situation be handled through the more formal disciplinary process. When students have been willing to mediate, rather than it being conducted face-to-face, students prefer “shuttle mediation” where the mediator takes the comments of one to the other. Anecdotally, other schools are experiencing the same disinterest in mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution.     

A word about sanctions: there is no standard result for a particular type of case. OSC takes into account how a case compares to precedent, the year of the student, the egregious and/or repeated nature of the conduct, the level of honesty and responsibility taken by the student, and other factors as appropriate. The categories are broad; circumstances vary; and every student is treated as an individual.

We are discussing different ways of reporting information about the cases we handle and their resulting resolutions to give a more complete picture of what the Office of Student Conduct does. In this regard, I welcome any suggestions for future reports as well as any comments or questions about this report or on any other aspect of the University’s disciplinary process. I can be reached at (215) 898-5651 or by e-mail at herrons@pobox.upenn.edu.

—Susan W. Herron, Director, Office of Student Conduct

Report of the Office of Student Conduct

 

2002-2003

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

 2006-2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respondents (Academic Integrity)

75

40

69

 60

165*

            Undergraduate

71

36

 57

 51

131

            Graduate

4

4

12

9

34

Respondents (Conduct)

192

155

179

125

232

            Undergraduate

187

150

171

118

221

            Graduate

5

5

8

7

11

Total Respondents*

267

195

248

185

397

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Integrity Charges**

 

 

 

 

 

            Altering Exam/Paper for Regrade

5

1

6

6

2

            Cheating

8

5

12

7

17

            Fabrication

0

2

0

0

1

            Facilitating Academic Dishonesty

15

10

2

6

17

            Falsification of Grades or Transcript

0

0

2

0

0

            Misconduct during Exam

4

0

0

2

1

            Misrepresentation of Academic Records

0

2

3

7

2

            Plagiarism

45

17

30

31

33

            Provided Information to Another Student

0

0

2

0

0

            Submission of False Data

0

2

0

0

0

            Submission of Work Used Previously

0

0

0

0

1

            Unauthorized Collaboration or Other Use of Another Person’s Work

3

2

15

3

91

            Unfair Advantage over Fellow Students

1

2

1

1

1

            Other Academic Violation

2

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conduct Charges**

 

 

 

 

 

            Alcohol Violation (1st Offense)***

70

66

47

45

20

            Alcohol Violation (2nd or

 

 

 

 

 

            Subsequent Offense)

1

7

3

0

1

            Assault

13

10

16

6

7

            Attempted Theft

3

0

6

0

0

            Carrying Weapons in an Educational Institution

0

1

0

0

0

            Computer Violation/Violation of Ethical

 

 

 

 

 

            Behavior with Respect to the Electronic Information

 

 

 

 

 

            Environment Policy****

10

4

10

25

153

            Criminal Mischief

0

0

3

3

0

            Disorderly Conduct

52

31

56

22

18

            Disturbance/Investigation of Person

1

0

0

0

0

            Drug Violation

13

11

15

7

8

            E-Mail Violation

1

5

1

1

0

            Failure to Pay Rent

0

0

2

0

0

            False Identity

1

1

2

5

0

            Fire Code Violation

9

3

12

1

1

            Forgery

0

2

1

1

1

            Fraud

1

0

2

1

0

            Harassment

5

10

6

5

6

            Hazing

0

0

3

7

5

            Indecent/Sexual Assault

0

3

2

2

 

            Misappropriation of Funds

2

0

2

1

0

            Miscellaneous Security Violations

4

1

2

0

1

            Misrepresentation of Status to the University

1

3

0

0

0

            Noise Violation

7

14

4

2

6

            Propulsion of Object

5

2

9

12

1

            Reckless Driving

1

0

0

0

0

            Recklessly Endangering Another Person

1

0

0

0

0

            Retail Theft/Shoplifting

3

15

23

5

3

            Safety Regulations

1

0

0

0

0

            Sexual Harassment

4

1

1

4

0

            Theft

11

1

12

8

11

            Threats

1

5

8

1

1

            Trespassing

2

0

9

4

2

            Use or Possession of Air Guns/

 

 

 

 

 

            Firearms/Dangerous Articles

0

6

5

0

0

            Use or Possession of Fake ID Card

5

1

2

1

1

            Vandalism

38

20

42

25

18

            Other Conduct Violation

1

2

3

1

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution of Academic Integrity Cases

 

 

 

 

 

            Signed Agreement

60

35

52

46

111

            Hearing, Case Founded

0

2

1

1

1

            Dismissed After Hearing

0

0

1

2

1

            No Formal Disciplinary Action

14

1

11

9

41

            (Unfounded Complaint or Informal Resolution) Unresolved Cases*****

1

2

4

2

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution of Conduct Cases

 

 

 

 

 

            Signed Agreement

128

100

109

79

183

            Hearing, Case Founded

1

0

1

2

0

            Dismissed After Hearing

0

0

0

0

0

            No Formal Disciplinary Action

 

 

 

 

 

             (Unfounded Complaint or Informal Resolution)

53

34

39

25

19

            Mediation

11

40

3

2

1

            Unresolved Cases*****

10

21

30

19

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Integrity Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

            Formal Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

            Warning

1

3

0

1

1

            Reprimand

3

3

6

3

7

            Probation

18

10

15

17

70

            Suspension (Not Imposed)

29

9

13

21

29

            Suspension (Imposed)

9

9

10

6

7

            Delayed Diploma

8

7

5

3

7

            Notation on Transcript

0

2

4

0

0

            Withdrawal

0

1

6

0

1

            Expulsion

0

0

0

0

0

            Informal Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

            Community Service

0

3

5

12

71

            Counseling

3

5

6

10

9

            Essay

6

5

7

9

58

            Letter of Apology

3

4

12

12

36

            Meet with Academic Support Professional

8

2

8

5

11

            Present Program Relating to Charge

6

7

5

5

0

            Read Material on Plagiarism

0

0

4

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conduct Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

            Formal Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

            Warning

57

57

11

17

7

            Reprimand

37

25

50

41

108

            Probation

32

11

33

21

23

            Suspension (Not Imposed)

1

1

3

0

1

            Suspension (Imposed)

4

2

0

5

5

            Delayed Diploma

0

1

1

0

0

            Notation on Transcript

1

0

0

0

0

            Withdrawal

0

0

1

0

0

            Expulsion

0

0

0

0

0

            Informal Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

            Avoid Complainant

1

7

6

3

0

            Community Service

30

14

70

44

23

            Counseling

7

6

11

13

7

            Drug and Alcohol Education

44

47

34

19

15

            Essay

7

13

25

8

4

            Fine

22

15

18

21

129

            Letter of Apology

25

9

25

16

10

            PPD First Offender Program

2

0

0

0

4

            Restitution

21

6

16

10

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

 

 

 

            Fraternity and Sorority Cases

8

1

6

6

6

            PennCard Misuse

11

2

1

0

25

___________________________________

* The increase in Academic Integrity cases in 2006-07 reflects an incident in a single class involving a significant number of students.

** The total number of respondents does not equal the total number of charges as some respondents are charged with more than one type of misconduct.

*** The decrease in the number of Alcohol cases is likely related to the Office of Strategic Initiatives’s (VPUL) “First Step” alcohol education initiative.  Many first time alcohol offenders are referred by College Houses to First Step rather than to the Office of Student Conduct.

**** The majority of computer violations involve illegal downloading of copyrighted material.

***** Cases remain unresolved at the end of the academic year for a variety of reasons: some students withdraw from the University without resolving their disciplinary cases; the investigation in some cases is complex and may go into the following year; students may ask for a delay in their disciplinary case because of a pending court case; etc.

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